Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity and an invaluable experience, which will benefit you for life and far beyond the immediate academic confines.
Academically speaking, you will have the opportunity to get to know a different university system and a different learning experience. This will not only open new horizons, but it will also help you adapt to the unknown and to different expectations in courses and examinations. You will also have the chance to explore topics and courses that are not offered in our School.
Beyond the immediate academic context, our year-long exchange programmes will provide you with the opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture and perhaps a foreign language as well. You will appreciate national differences and international similarities and you will make friends abroad that you may keep for the rest of your life. According to the British Council, one in ten Erasmus students finds his or her life partner on exchange!
These international experiences will also make you more attractive to employers. Your willingness to leave your familiar surroundings indicates your independence and self-confidence, which in turn will be strengthened by your year abroad. Your time abroad will also demonstrate your ability to move in different national and international settings, possibly enhanced by the mastery of a foreign language, both aspects that employers increasingly value.
A 2009 report on Erasmus exchanges for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) concluded that exchange students were less likely to be unemployed six months after graduation and more likely to earn more than £20,000 a year.
There are two separate exchange programmes: The Erasmus programme includes exchanges with partner universities in seven European countries (and even a little stipend!). Our international exchanges cover much of the rest of the world.
This article was published on May 18, 2012